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Wichita’s average airfare drops 7 percent from last year

Passenger traffic at Wichita Eisenhower National Airport was up in September compared to a year ago. (June 3, 2015)
Passenger traffic at Wichita Eisenhower National Airport was up in September compared to a year ago. (June 3, 2015) File photo

It’s a little bit cheaper to fly out of Wichita Eisenhower National Airport now than it was a year ago, according to a federal report.

The Department of Transportation said the average, inflation-adjusted fare out of Wichita was $381.39 in the second quarter of 2016. That’s down about 7 percent from $404.20 in the same period last year, according to the report.

Wichita’s average fare was higher than Kansas City’s, but lower than the average, inflation-adjusted fare in Tulsa and Oklahoma City.

Southwest Airlines celebrated its first flight from Wichita Eisenhower National Airport to Phoenix Sky Harbor International on April 12, 2016. Southwest begins its new service from Wichita to St. Louis and Phoenix, in lieu of Dallas and Chicago. (

United Airlines has begun using Boeing and Airbus jets on one of its four daily flights from Wichita Eisenhower National Airport to Chicago. (April 6, 2016)

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